The sun shining high in the sky from dawn to late evening and temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees Celsius discourage you from leaving the house. As a result, you spend the whole day in an air-conditioned office or at home with blinds covered. You only go out to get from your home to work, from work to the shop, from the store to your home as soon as possible. Maybe it is worth to stay outside for a while? Find out why!
Serotonin is a chemical compound produced by nerve cells. Its main function is to send signals between them. Interestingly, the most serotonin is found in the digestive system (specifically in the intestines), although it also resides in blood platelets and in the nervous system. The body produces serotonin from tryptophan, an amino acid that is supplied with food. You will find it in nuts, cheese and red meat. Tryptophan deficiency can lead to low levels of serotonin. However, there is a more common situation that leads to a deficiency of serotonin.
After winter, you feel tired, slowed down, sad and lumbering. You get the impression that in the summer the Earth revolves like a little faster and rightly, but to feel it the hard way, you have to put yourself on the sun! It is in the sun's rays that the secret of a better mood and flow of energy is hidden. When your eyeballs receive sunlight through special parts of the retina, the brain triggers the production of serotonin, called the "happiness hormone".
You may remember (or not), but when Prozac, a drug that increases serotonin production, was introduced in the United States 31 years ago, it was a real revolution for many people. However, after years it is already known that not all drugs are equally effective, and some people can not take it because of severe side effects. The more interesting is the fact that during this whole time the most effective medicine has illuminated us from above! Or maybe the increased number of cases of depression and other mental diseases related to the level of serotonin is due to the fact that we spend more and more time in closed rooms, hidden from the sun?
Coming back to serotonin, he is a real miracle worker - it makes you feel better at the same time, you are calm and focused. Medicine knows a lot of stimulant and calming substances, but it can not really do both at the same time!
When the first colorful leaves begin to fall from trees, for 6% of people begins an extremely difficult time. Seasonal affective disorder is another name for seasonal depression, i.e. one that attacks at specific times of the year (most often in autumn and winter), and spontaneously passes when the weather changes. Episode of depression can take away the joy of life, take energy to perform everyday duties and even threaten the life of a sick person. 14% of people feel a smaller mood swing, which they often call "autumn blues", during which they limit their activity, are melancholic and crying. Both states combine with lower serotonin levels associated with low amounts of sunlight.
If this problem concerns you too, a walk on a sunny day will help you to say goodbye to the "winter" aura inside You.
The heat does not help in falling asleep, but the brightness of the sun - this is the case, especially if you spend most of your day in a tight box, which is located in the dark corner of a large office space. According to a small study from 2014, people who worked in rooms without windows or away from them slept worse and shallower than those who worked near windows.
Of course, we do not suggest changing jobs, but a short walk during lunch breaks or a crossing of just one bus stop on your way home can help you sleep better at night.